The Communication University of China (CUC) is one of China’s key universities of “Project 211”, directly under the guidance of the State Ministry of Education. The predecessor of the school was a training center for technicians of the Central Broadcasting Bureau that was founded in 1954. In April of 1959, the school was upgraded to the Beijing Broadcasting Institute approved by the State Council. In August of 2004, the BBI was renamed into the Communication University of China. Located in the east part of Beijing and near the Old Canal, the CUC occupies 463,700 square meters with a total construction area of 499,800 square meters.
The CUC sticks to its own line of thinking in subject establishment to arrange each teaching course into a scientific structure, focusing on individual features and wide connections with other courses. As a result, an inter-relating and inter-influencing discipline system is formed which covers journalism and communication, film & television arts, information science and technology, literature, engineering, management, economics, law and science. So far, there have been 6 faculties, 1 co-innovation center and 5 directly affiliated schools in the university, which comprise 2 national key disciplines (journalism and radio & television arts), 1 national key developable discipline (communication), 3 municipal key disciplines[ 一级学科北京市重点学科] (journalism & communication, art theory, theater film & television), 4 municipal key subordinate disciplines[ 二级学科北京市重点学科] (linguistics & applied linguistics, communications & information systems, electromagnetic field & microwave technology, animation), 7 post-doctoral research centers, 7 doctoral programs, 35 doctoral programs (subordinate disciplines)[ 博士学位授权一级学科点、二级学科点], 18 master programs, 95 master programs (subordinate disciplines)[ 硕士学位授权一级学科点、二级学科点], 8 professional master categories, and 84 bachelor programs.
The CUC devotes itself to cultivate advanced and practical talents with multi-subject knowledge and creativity. Since its day of founding, the school has made such a great contribution to the national business of radio and television that it has gained the fames --- “a cradle of China’s radio and television talents” and “a well-known university in the field of information communication”. Now, there are nearly 14,000 full-time students in the CUC, including over 9,000 undergraduates, over 4,000 candidates for doctor and master degrees, and over 10,000 students in programs of continuing education.
The public service systems of the CUC are getting comprehensive and completed day by day. There are now a school multi-media network, integrated digital cable network, library information resource network, and modern distance education network. CUC have 2 National Experimental Teaching Demonstrating Centers (Teaching & Experiment Center for Radio Television & New Media, Teaching & Experiment Center for Animation & Digital Arts), 6 Municipal Experimental Teaching Demonstrating Centers, e.g., Learning Center for Practicing Advertising, Teaching & Experiment Center for Animation. And there are also others more ---some well-equipped multi-media classrooms, studios and laboratories, and a library network system with rich information resources in both electronic and paper forms.